Steps are continuing to be made to allow 3 parent IVF as a way of helping mothers with mitochondrial disorders have biological children according to this news in the metro today. See my previous article from when this was front page news here.
This is the second video in my back to basics series, this time introducing the idea of genes being regulated differently in different cells. There’s more to it then just off or on but the concept is fundamental, especially in developmental biology (my broader field of work).
This time round with the video I decided to try and use the images that are readily available to any user to see how far I could stretch the app to my needs, and I think it worked out quite well for a non-specialised app!
Have a watch and let me know what you think. The video still stays along the ks4 science curriculum guidelines so hopefully it can be a useful resource.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority have confirmed that mitochondrial transfer procedures are ‘potentially useful for a specified and defined group of patients’. In addition they have said that the techniques are not unsafe but there are some critical experiments still to take place before the method hits the clinics.
I caught wind of a new app for my ipad called adobe voice and straight away was inspired to start creating mini video stories describing the fundamentals of genetics. Hopefully I’ll complete this as a mini-series that could be used as a resource in a classroom (as I’m following key stage 4 genetics lesson guidelines) or even just for someone who’s interested in getting the basics right. Here’s my first go, and I have to be really complimentary of the software as it is so easy to create beautiful and professional looking videos. However please excuse my cartoon drawings!
As an application to describe and explain scientific ideas (and anything else to be honest!) it really is worth having a look at, especially as it’s free!
Originally posted on the node
I recently took part in the ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here!’ outreach event. As soon as the school children found out I was a developmental geneticist and worked out what I did, one question I was repeatedly asked was: “what’s your favourite gene and why?” so for a bit of fun, I thought I’d share my thoughts and see what everyone else’s are too.
Now, I could have gone into detail about a gene of utmost importance in my work or one we literally couldn’t live without (although picking either of those would be tricky as that hardly narrows the list down). However, my first thought when picking my ‘favourite gene’ is always listing the funny-named ones that stuck out from my university lectures. That’s not to say these genes don’t also fit into the important and essential-to-life categories, but they have that added ‘pazzaz’ of an ear-catching name that would wake you from your university slumber, thinking “did he actually just say what I think he said…?”. So here is my shortlist, the top 5 genes based almost entirely on their names: Continue reading What’s your favourite gene?
Unfortunately this is quite a delayed post so I’d like to apologise for that but suddenly things got very busy around here…
I took part in the I’m a scientist competition from 10th March until my eviction on the 18th (sad to say I didn’t win!). I will start with this – I was not prepared for the sheer onslaught of questions, hard questions from the kids. I took part in a handful of live chats and I’m pretty sure I’ve worn down a few letters on my keyboard! Continue reading I’m a Scientist, get me out of here!